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EEO: Is it Living Up to Its Promise of Achieving Gender Equity?

Strachan, Glenda & French, Erica L. (2008) EEO: Is it Living Up to Its Promise of Achieving Gender Equity? In Stanton, Pauline & Young, Suzanne (Eds.) 22nd Conference of the Association of Industrial Relations Academics of Australia and New Zealand Conference - Workers, Corporations and Community: Facing Choices for a Sustainable Future, 6 - 8 February, 2008, Melbourne, Australia.

Abstract

This paper compares and contrasts the policies and practices outlined in equal employment opportunity (EEO) program reports from two different industries; namely transport and finance, both distinctly gendered, in order to identify programs predictive of increased numbers of women employed in management or non-traditional areas. Findings indicate the proportion of women in these areas has remained static for the past two decades, despite increasing numbers of women in these industries and legislative requirements of antidiscrimination and equal employment opportunity. Few organisations in either industry are developing proactive strategies in the areas of recruiting, promoting, and retaining women. In contrast, organisations displayed significant proactivity in the implementation of equal opportunity strategies for the addressing work and life requirements ensuring equality in participation but not in access, or movement into management or leadership roles. It is argued that this tactic supports gendered work organisation.

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ID Code: 15229
Item Type: Conference Paper
Additional Information: The contents of this conference can be freely accessed online via the conference's web page (see hypertext link).
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Keywords: EEO, Equal Opportunity, Gender
ISBN: 9780980476606
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > COMMERCE MANAGEMENT TOURISM AND SERVICES (150000) > BUSINESS AND MANAGEMENT (150300) > Human Resources Management (150305)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > COMMERCE MANAGEMENT TOURISM AND SERVICES (150000) > BUSINESS AND MANAGEMENT (150300) > Industrial Relations (150306)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Australian Centre for Business Research
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > QUT Business School
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2007 (please consult author)
Deposited On: 17 Oct 2008
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 23:45

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